AERA, with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is now accepting applications for the AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship Program. This program provides dissertation funding and professional development and training to graduate students using the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database to examine issues that will contribute to knowledge about teaching and learning.
The program supports high-quality science on topics related to teaching and instruction, effects of classroom and school climate, student achievement, children and youth, and other educational issues. The program is broad in its reach—spanning the issues and methods appropriate for study with the MET data. Applications are currently being accepted, with a deadline of Monday, March 3, 2014.
A live webinar on the MET data set with researchers from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. (EST). For further information on the webinar, see the AERA website at the beginning of January.
The MET Longitudinal Database consists of extensive quantitative and qualitative information about teachers and their teaching, students’ academic achievement, video-recorded lessons, and assessments of teachers’ pedagogical and content knowledge, as well as surveys of students, teachers, principals, and schools. Additional MET information and resources can be found in the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center (VRLC) training course An Introduction to the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database and from ICPSR.
“Recognizing the importance and richness of the MET data set, AERA supports and builds research capacity among graduate students who use these data in their dissertation projects,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “The multiple methodological approaches that one can take with the MET data make it a valuable resource to the education research community.” The MET Longitudinal Database is available through the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.